Re: Alex Riel here!
I caught this thing on tv here in Canada, with Gary Peacock Niels Lan Doky and you! Man, Those were some RIPPING tunes, you guys all sounded great. For those who don't know (which at this point is likely everyone but Alex and I), it was recorded in 1989 for Doky's album 'Close Encounter'. VERY good footage of everyone, especially Alex. Very nice shots of your 602 flat with rivets and you Sound Control (or 602) Dark Ride and flatride. MAN, they sounded nice! Few people can get away, to me, with using 2 flats, but man, they sound so distinct and with the rivetsyou make it work. You must clean your cymbals, right? They were so shiny and in great shape, especially if that 602 flat is the same one you used with Dex!
But I must pass on a few funny bits of information. First, my wife (who's had years of Jazz education from moi and has seen as many live shows as most people I know) says 'who's that guy, he looks like a happy drummer. He plays like it too'. I say Man, that is ALEX!! lol She's not always fond of my wierd stuff, but man, she LOVED your stuff! lol
The other thing was, I was trying to, based on how old Gary looked and what cymbals you were using, figure out when it was recorded. I came up with 'late 80's'.
Anyway, I don't have the album but I'm going to pick it up. Any info/stories to relate? How was Gary? He's a legend. I'm so lucky to have seen it!